Reflecting on 2014 // Welcoming 2015

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So the end is here. There is currently only one hour and four minutes left of 2014 and yes I am going truly wild and spending my new year’s eve eating pizza and writing on my blog – considering I am still recovering from the other night (we won’t go there) a night in is definitely needed.

2014 for me has definitely been a good’un. It may have started out as nothing special, little 15 year old me just beginning to prepare for the horror of exams whilst juggling slightly messy friendships and just generally leading quite a boring life, but of course there were also great moments throughout those early 2014 months – March was a highlight for me as it was the first time I saw George Ezra live (who I have gone on to see another 3 times since and is one of my favourite singers for sure) I also went to see Saint Raymond (another amazing performer) and Miranda Hart on her tour which was hilarious.

From about April to the end of June GCSE exams took over my life and although it was a stressful time I didn’t find them too bad and my results turned out to be great! Yes, perhaps I could have done more revision and cared more about them but I simply didn’t and even if I went back in time I don’t think I would have put in any more effort then I did. It only meant that my results came as more of a pleasant surprise rather than something I was expecting.

Summer was my favourite part of this year for certain. It started as soon as I finished that last exam and continued for the next two months and from it I have some absolutely incredible and hilarious memories. I became so much closer with some of my friends and just had an amazing break from school life. I went to my first festival (Barn on the Farm) and had my Year 11 prom which was such a lovely evening. I also travelled to the amazing island of Sri Lanka with my family where I celebrated my 16th birthday and had so many opportunities including riding elephants and holding baby turtles! I managed to pack so many other things into the summer of 2014 and the album of over 1000 photos on facebook certainly proves it haha

I did have my doubts during 2014, I really wasn’t looking forward to sixth form at all and assumed I would hate it, which meant I would avoid thinking about it all together. This now seems so silly because I definitely chose the right sixth form for me and have made such a great start in the new environment. I didn’t go with any of my friends from my secondary school which was daunting and nerve-racking, however I have already made some amazing new friends who I feel like I’ve known for years rather than a few months. Although the work load is a pain in the butt I am enjoying the independence I have gained and my social life has improved so much (thank god)

Overall I feel like I have improved in my confidence, independence and just generally learnt a lot in these past 12 months. I have learnt that letting go of certain friendships is not necessarily a bad thing and that you can’t stick with the same group of friends forever. The separation from my old school has left me finding out who my true best mates are – the ones who make the effort and genuinely care about meeting up despite being at different colleges, the ones who make me laugh until my stomach hurts and who I can totally be myself around, the ones who I miss when they’re not near and who I want to continue the adventures with for years to come.

My aims for 2015 are to continue increasing my self confidence,  to keep meeting new people and say yes to as many opportunities as I can, to not put pressure on myself to know exactly where I want to go in life because sometimes its okay to be unsure, and most of all to enjoy myself, laugh even more than I did this year, create life-long memories and care less about what others think of me. (also to save money because I sure as hell need it)

So now with only half an hour left of this amazing year, I want to wish you the very best for 2015. Just remember how much a year can change you and how much you can change a year.

Thankyou for sticking by me on this blog.

lots of love Izzy xxx

Christmas Lush Haul

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After gazing lustfully through the windows of Lush for a good few months without actually stepping through it’s doors, I finally caved in and rediscovered the wonder of that glorious store.

I think pretty much every 13 year old girl in Britain is obsessed with Lush and it was certainly a phase I went through a few years ago, however it seems I haven’t quite grown out of that phase and I’m not sure a will for a good few years. Lush is seemingly booming at the moment with hundreds of bloggers and YouTubers raving about their products and I can’t blame them for it truly is host to an incredible range of beauty and bath bits and bobs.

Anyway where I am going with this ramble is that a couple of weeks ago I returned to Lush, picked up a free catalogue, smelled as many things as I could possibly smell without looking deranged, and then went home and wrote a very long wishlist.

Luckily on Christmas Day I was presented with a parcel full of Lush goodies from my lovely aunty and of course I couldn’t resist popping back in earlier today to pick up a couple of sale items…

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First up we have the Luxury Lush Pud bath bomb which is quite frankly a BEAST. This vibrant pink extravaganza is covered in dots of blue, orange, yellow and green and has a little holly leaf on the top. I can’t wait to put this in the bath as it looks absolutely incredible!

What Lush say: Indulge yourself with this soothing bath bomb. Launch into your bath and watch it fizz away to reveal the surprise hidden inside.

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Northern Lights is another of my Christmas gifts. It’s quite an unusual shape for a bath bomb, being long and thin rather than spherical but I love the variety of the bath bombs at Lush – it makes it so much more interesting and fun. Northern Lights is purple in colour but one end contains blue and one end contains yellow sections which will make it look awesome when it fizzes away in the bath! It also has tiny little stars in some parts of it which are super cute.

What Lush say: This sparkling, colourful bomb turns your water into a night time spectacle. Launch into your bath water and watch it fizz away.

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It goes without saying that all these bath bombs smell amazing (if you’re into the Lush scents of course) but my favourite of the lot is the fruity yet spicy smell of Cinders, a yellow sphere of delight with orange popping candy sprinkled on top. It  might not look or sound like the most exciting lush product but the smell is incredible. I can easily see this becoming my new favourite Lush product of all time and I haven’t even put it in water yet.

What Lush say: Warm up with this bath bomb’s hot fruit punch fragrance and listen to the crackle of popping candy. Drop into your bath for fireside comfort.

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Golden Wonder bath bomb (furthest right in the photo) is one that I picked up in the sale earlier today. It had 50% off as it is one of their Christmas products and I was keen to get my hands on it as I know it is a lot of people’s favourite (including the sales assistant who chatted excitedly about it as I took it up to the till!) This is another huge bath bomb so will be used when I am having a real pamper evening. It smells surprisingly citrus-like which is unusual for a winter bath bomb but I can’t wait to see what happens when I chuck it in the bath.

What Lush say: Run yourself the perfect temperature bath, get in, and then take a moment to let go of the world outside your bathroom, before launching your ballistic into the water and watch it fizz away.

IMG_7365IMG_7356The last of the Bath Bombs is another one I picked up with 50% off today and it is the Butterbear (a.k.a the Christmas version of the original Butterball). This is a smaller bath bomb making it more casual and calm compared to the crazy luxury bombs. It is quite a simple, creamy scent so if you’re not a fan of the strong scents you could try this one. I have previously tried the butterball and did really enjoy it as it contains cocoa butter which makes your skin super soft.

What Lush say: A creamy vanilla-scented bath bomb with cocoa butter to soften the skin. Drop into the water for a bear hug.

IMG_7353 IMG_7370Last but not least is the only product which is not a bath bomb! It is the Snow Angel Bath Melt, which smells and looks amazing but can be a bit of a hassle to get out of the packet without getting covered in gold glitter! This is insanely glittery so I don’t know how well this is going to go down in the bath – I may have to follow up with a shower to get rid of the glitter – but I am so excited to see how sparkly this makes my bath!

What Lush say: A moisturising cocoa butter bath melt that dissolves into a shimmering blanket of snow. Drop into your bath to reveal a magical Christmas scene.

Well I think it’s safe to say I am going to be having plenty of baths in the next few weeks! If this hasn’t tempted you into checking out the Lush sales I don’t know what will.

What’s your favourite Lush product? I would love recommendations!

Love Izzy

xxx

Review // Nivea Express Hydration Primer

hello all,

After having a couple of months away from blogging, I am back with so many more ideas than before and I really want to become more dedicated to helping my blog develop.

To kick start this new stage of my blog’s little life, I am here with a review of the Nivea ‘Express Hydration’ Primer.

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If you have read my really old blog posts (I hope you haven’t they are so cringey) you may know that I never used to bother with primers – to be honest I just thought of them as an added unnecessary stage in the process of applying makeup. I did however own the MUA primer which I was partial to using and enjoying on occasions. I eventually ended up using that oh-so cheap primer on a daily basis and once it had run our I decided I would up my primer game and head for something a bit more respected.

I still didn’t want to spend much on a primer because I was still unsure of my skin type and whether primers were actually the right thing for me to use. However, I headed into boots and spotted this one, which I believe was on offer at the time, and thought it looked pretty decent. (It is currently on sale for £4.99 in boots and is part of the 3 for 2 skincare offer)

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What Nivea say: ‘Provides an even and smooth base for effective make-up application and helps your make-up stay put.

I didn’t have much of an opinion on this product to begin with, but within recent months I have used this every day and noticed a difference in my make-up – it seems to last a lot longer and definitely applies more evenly to the face, creating a more ‘flawless’ effect. It absorbs extremely quickly so I can still use this even if I’m in a rush (pretty much everyday) and then apply my foundation straight away.

The only thing I don’t like about this primer is that it definitely works better with some foundations over others. It took me a while to figure this out but it simply didn’t do anything to help my make-up when I was using the L’oreal True Match foundation, and then made my skin look great when I used my BB cream over it. Other factors could have been involved such as which moisturiser I was using etc. I’m not entirely sure, but I have now found the perfect match! On a daily basis I mix the L’oreal True Match with some of the Rimmel Match Perfection foundation and they apply so smoothly over the primer, it works like a dream!

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I would recommend this primer for those who are unsure about the concept, as it is an affordable one and it lasts absolutely ages. It can really help with the appearance of your make-up as long as you choose the right foundation to pair with it so I would recommend experimenting and not giving up hope straight away.

Which primers have you tried / would you recommend?

Love Izzy

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